Derby's Architectural Talent

Derby Property Summit 2017 saw the culmination of an annual collaboration between the city and students from the University of Derby’s School of Architecture, showcasing the best of the new architectural talent coming from the city.

As part of their final year projects, University of Derby students were asked to create schemes that take key Derby City Centre Masterplan sites and provide a vision for the future. Schemes for this year’s Property Summit included Derby Riverside, Middleton House and the Assembly Rooms.

Following nine months of work, the University’s Big Show provides a showcase for the projects where the best schemes are selected to be exhibited to Property Summit delegates.

This year’s winners included Mike Jepp for his Joseph Wright Centre on Irongate and Ben Edwards for his vision for the Riverside.

Speaking in front of the audience, Mike said, “in developing my scheme it was important to understand the social and cultural history of Derby to ensure a sense of place and civic pride.”

Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, helped select this year’s winners, saying, “The standard of work from these students is always exceptionally high and presents difficulties in selecting winners. We were very impressed with all six projects exhibited here, with all of them showing the ambition, context and excitement that we want to see as Derby’s regeneration journey continues.”